"Responding to the need that is out there"

No walk-ins due to Covid-19. 

Services available using FLEX online application, FLEX mail in application or 

call in application - 802 862-4501

COVID-19 IMPACT and ADJUSTMENT 

JUMP provides assistance in the form of vouchers to individuals and families.   In 2020, assistance was provided by JUMP to 4477 individuals in 2062 households from 7 Vermont counties and 32 towns in the form of vouchers for food valued at $44,458, assistance with utility bills valued at $12,192, thrift shop vouchers valued at $11,055, and vouchers for gasoline and transportation assistance valued at $9,436.  This assistance provided individuals with food as well as helped them to keep power on, while maintaining their credit rating and independence. Transportation assistance helped individuals become more self-reliant by finding and maintaining employment, as well to get to school and to increase skills and employment opportunities, and to get to childcare and medical care. Thrift shop vouchers helped provide needed clothing or essential household items.

 

 

Here is how JUMP responds to the needPrior to the Covid pandemic JUMP operated a Drop-In Center in Burlington where vouchers were provided on a first come/first served basis for groceries, including cleaning supplies and personal care items, utility assistance, gasoline, and thrift shops for clothing and essential household items.  In March 2020 when in-person visits were prevented, JUMP quickly changed direction to be able to continue to meet the needs of the community through the new FLEX Assistance Program.  Vouchers could then be accessed remotely and mailed to individuals in need. A Quarterly Care Call Program to reach out to individuals who are known to be alone or homebound every 3 months also began as a result of the pandemic and helps to decrease social isolation and make sure people can access vouchers they need. It is our hope to be able to resume access to the Drop-In Center when in-person visits can again be made and to also continue with the FLEX Assistance Program which reaches additional individuals in need.  Via either program, vouchers would be available every three months in the form of $35 vouchers for groceries, $50 for utility assistance, and $35 in gasoline cards.


CORE VALUES

Every Person: We respect the value and dignity of every human life, and work to make every interaction at JUMP one that is positive for all.

 

Interfaith: As an interfaith organization, we honor the faith journey of all JUMP clients, volunteers, and staff. We value diverse spiritual perspectives and work together to maintain a strong ministry.

 

Collaboration: JUMP collaborates with many denominations, congregations, and social service agencies to provide necessary financial and human resources.

 

Advocacy: We understand the importance of our services to each individual while recognizing that these services are not a solution to poverty in our community. Therefore, we tell JUMP's story in our congregations and in the wider community to encourage advocacy for systemic changes.